Attractions included wine tasting, cookery demonstrations from Celebrity Chefs, Horticultural and Garden displays, Farmers Market Producers, Clay pigeon shooting, and much more.
The food festival was the brain child of Simon Scutt, driving force behind the Marina Jaks restaurant chain and also a leading local chef in his own right.
Amid resounding applause from a gathered crowd, Simon announced : "It is the ambition of all of us organisers to make the festival continue as an annual, must-attend event, for food suppliers, caterers and connoisseurs of food, the length and breadth of the nation. This ambition is highly likely to be realised with the ongoing support of the FOODologist."
The FOODologist is a food and drink magazine…with a twist. Unique and quirky insights into the world of food and drink are offered, in what proves to set the publication aside from the rest.
For FOODologist magazine publisher, Duncan Williams, the restaurant business is about so much more than just feeding people.
It is about spirituality, about making people feel good, about looking after people, and just spreading a bit of good old love around.
He likes to refer back to a quote made by restaurant inspector, Fernando Peire, during a recent FOODologist profile feature on catering professionals:
“This business is all about feeding people not only food but also spiritually and that means looking after people, customers are coming in to get a bit of love” Peire stated.
“The restaurant business is all about men and women who are gifted and skilled in food preparation - serving men and women (and little ones) who want to enjoy good food and be cared for at the same time” said Williams.
This unique and inspiring view on the restaurant business is conveyed in Williams’ FOODologist publication.
The FOODolgoist first started as a magazine in March 2010 and it now has an online version, thus spreading its reach to food lovers around the country.
What makes the FOODologist different from your typical food and drink magazine, is the fascinating insights offered into other aspects of the dining experience that go beyond just food and drink.
Experts from various different areas of fine dining, each provide their own intriguing inputs:
The Health and Beauty section explores the use of food, spices, and herbs in beauty and medicinal products; beautiful photographic contributions are provided by art director, Thor Haley, whom also explores other aspects of food in art, and vice versa; and a resident gardener looks at the modern ‘kitchen garden’ and what to grow in it.
The FOODologist also has a resident wine expert and an upcoming celebrity chef.
The latest in modern technology is also being embraced, with a special iPhone App that gives users on the go access to the latest reader reviews and discount vouchers.
The iPhone App, along with the printed version and the online version of the publication, means that readers really can now consume the FOODologist in whichever format that they wish.
A new special members card is also being introduced, along with restaurant discounts, prizes and family days out, thus further enhancing the FOODologist’
The FOODologist also proudly supports their charity of choice, The Even Keel Project, which supports the disadvantaged to learn new freedom and skills through the activity of sailing.
The support provided to The Even Keel Project and the recent Pylewell Food and Drink Festival, show that the FOODologist really is more than just a food and drink magazine…it is an integral part of the community.
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